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The gates of Paris: photos, description (Porte de Paris)

In 1667, king Louis XIV went to Lille and got the keys from him, and a year later, according to the terms of the Treaty of Aachen, the city was annexed to France. Lille surrendered to the king after a long siege, and the gates through which the city entered the Royal troops, was part of the city fortification and was called the Gate of the sick. In 1668, Louis XIV ordered the construction of their new location, which became known as the Paris gate. Their construction was carried out in the 80-90-ies of the XVII century. After about two hundred years, in the late nineteenth century, they were recognized as a monument of history.

Paris's gate is a triumphal arch in the form where you can see the Baroque style, which are combined with features more typical of a military installation - straight and clean lines. The gates consist of three parts: a Central arched design and two colonnades to the left and right. The gate is decorated with sculptures of Mars, the patron of war, and Hercules, symbolizing power and strength, as well as Royal lilies and arms of Lille. On top of all the construction of the sculptural composition depicting the Victory surrounded by angels, who proclaim success and fame to the winner. In the hand of Victory holds a wreath of Laurel for the hero, by which I mean, of course, Louis XIV. Wreath and pipe angels covered with gold leaf. The gate is surrounded by a low parapet of stone, which is decorated with stylized cannonballs.

In Lille Paris's gate are part of the architectural ensemble of the square Simon Vollan. Near the town hall of Lille and Ghent hospital - built in the XV century hospice, now converted into a hotel category "five stars".